Skinner's Cornish Knocker Ale - Skinner's Brewery
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United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2012. Acquired from Waitrose a while ago. The label has a flasher theme going on, though the beer claims to have won several awards so it can't be all bad....
Poured into a tulip pint glass. A hazy golden-amber hue with medium carbonation and some chunky floating sediment. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that hangs around for several minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Evidently this is bottle conditioned. Aroma of grainy malt, earthy yeast and notes of grass and citrus.
Tastes of light crystal malt with a dry finish. Notes of earthy yeast esters, grass, citrus and subtle stewed hops. A slightly spicy aromatic hop character followed by a mild, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry, tingly and full-bodied. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of yeast esters and aromatic hops.
Rather nice - would be perfect for quenching a thirst on a hot day. A pleasant aromatic hop character with light malt and plenty of yeast (probably due in part to the age of the bottle). A nice balance of flavours that goes down too easily. Worth sampling.
06-13-2012 21:58:06 | More by jazzyjeff13
United Kingdom (England)
3.33/5 rDev -8.3%
A nice one, nose is sweet malty, with some aromaatic hops. Thin texture, but nice fresh and floral, fragrant melon flavours, some lemony hops in the finish, enoyable. Delicate sweetness. Slight drying bitter hops right at the finish, quiet an enjoyable little beer.
09-25-2003 00:40:20 | More by rastaman
4.08/5 rDev +12.4%
500ml bottle, BB this time next year. Interesting-looking 'miners' populating the cartoon scene that spans the label - they look more like English Inspector Gadget flashers.
This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden colour, with a measly half finger of bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few broad strokes of island group lace as it quickly bleeds away.
It smells of bready pastry malt, a wee bit of caramel, and nice leafy, somewhat grassy, earthy hops - ahhh, quietly enticing. The taste is a pleasant, logical extension of the nose - more soft English biscuit pastry, and somewhat grainy malt, a bit of soft, innocuous citrus, and a redux of the sturdy, well-offsetting spicy, leafy hops.
The bubbles are rather restrained, but you can still sense their caring support, the body a supple medium weight, and pretty well smooth, with the slightest of tacky textures, that I should really just gloss over. It finishes off-dry, the biscuit malt carrying on without any overt worldly cares, as does the perfectly matched, um, 'zingy' leafy, grassy hops.
A full-flavoured blonde ale, well-hopped, everything present and in balance. However, I'm not certain how this got the 'American' moniker, as this clearly has good Anglo character, way down past the root cellar, grumble, grumble. Maybe it's the lack of any golden ale category on BA for the English side of things. At any rate, very much worth trying, if only just to see how this general style can be turned out.
05-05-2012 23:10:43 | More by biboergosum
3.55/5 rDev -2.2%
Completely random purchase, no expectations going in
A - Clear golden, thin head dissipated quickly to a few random islands
S - Tropical fruit and bubblegum are strange but enticing, some grain
T - Its grape bubble gum, plain and simple, with some leafy hops and mild grain in the background, it’s a little odd but it seems to work
M - Light with medium carbonation, finishes lightly dry and minerally
O – the flavour is definitely not what I was expecting but it works for me, this would make a nice light summertime sipper
11-23-2012 17:44:37 | More by joemcgrath27
United Kingdom (England)
3.36/5 rDev -7.4%
Hand-pulled pint on 27th Sep 2013 in a local club.
Golden body with a good, full white crown.
The nose was both floral and mildly malty, as as the taste. A dry bitter finish comes along after the initial malty caramel notes that linger for a while in the mouth.
Pleasant rather than wonderful, a good solid beer with subtle flavours and smells that show you don't need strong, overpowering brew to make a fine beer.
10-02-2013 18:57:04 | More by BlackHaddock
United Kingdom (England)
3.85/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours a golden amber/honey body with huge frothy white head with decent lasting powers
Floral notes on the aroma, hints of hops and strong malts.
The malt is the mainstay of the taste biscuity then leading to a slight hop hop-off aftertaste with ever so subtle grapefruit hints not a big taste explosion but amiable and pleasant enough.
Decent enough enough mouthfeel slightly over lively carbonation but nothing major.
Not Skinner's finest hour but not bad, not by half, go on give it a taste it will take you back to Cornwall alright.
04-04-2012 23:31:29 | More by EmperorBevis
3.7/5 rDev +1.9%
500 ml brown bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 4.5%. Clear golden to amber colour, moderate but lingering head. Lovely hoppy aroma with distinct notes of flowers and tropical fruits. Moderately malty flavour with "dusty" / biscuity and citrussy hops. Moderate bitterness, fairly dry. Moderate carbonation, easy drinking.
12-28-2006 19:16:11 | More by Sigmund
3.73/5 rDev +2.8%
The ale is hazy light amber, has a white small head, little lacing, small curtains.
Smelling fruity, lemon, apple and a dash of honey.
Starting sweet, white bread, some nuts and lemon juice. Grape-fruit peel.
Little carbonation, refreshing texture, yet a dry finish.
Invigorating and enjoyable, very sessionable.
04-25-2012 18:25:27 | More by rarbring
3.88/5 rDev +6.9%
This was a department store find as I scrambled to buy beer to take home and 2 pairs of socks. Drank the beer, still have the socks!
This beer poured a coppery tone, clear with modest carbonation. The head was almost perfect, everything I expect in an Engligh beer.
The bouquet had a nice malt character, but had a sweet component from yeast, exotic fruit and maybe, just maybe some banana. This carried over to the taste nicely. The malt and fruit were gentle on the old taste buds, easing them into the idea that we (I mean ME) needed another sip and probably another beer.
The mouthfeel was smooth, slightly dry and even. This is, like most of the coppery tasties from the UK, a well-balanced beer that is prefect for a 2 or 3 sitting at the pub.
04-24-2008 18:38:14 | More by garcia2a
3.74/5 rDev +3%
Appearance - Pours a cloudy dark gold with a finger width of bubbly white head.
Smell - Bready and biscuity malts, wheat, lemon peel, light citrus hops, caramel.
Taste - Bready, biscuity malts and the caramel stand out up front, along with a touch of wheat and the light citrus hops provide a little bit of bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.
Overall - A refreshing golden ale that could easily be sessionable. Good solid base of malts and caramel.
02-09-2014 03:59:37 | More by leaddog
3.89/5 rDev +7.2%
Golden color with a two finger head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma of English hops with notes of caramels, flowers, white grapes and bread.
Flavor of bread malt, citrus, English earthy hops, guaraná and white grapes. Hints of tea and lemon. Dry aftertaste with an elegant bitterness.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
What a pleasant English beer to drink, very tasty, but also light, refreshing and balanced. Extremely sessionable. Worth the recognition from CAMRA.
11-17-2013 20:45:23 | More by FLima
Skinner's Cornish Knocker Ale from Skinner's Brewery
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